Rise of the digital twin: Flowserve embraces Ansys system for realtime analysis

Published 18 August 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, prototype, ansys, iot

Following the adoption of the new system, Flowserve will be able to advance its existing design process to encompass realtime simulation [above is a marketing animation]


A leading provider of industrial pumps, seals and valves has announced its new use of Ansys’ simulation software to produce ‘digital twins’ of its products.

Flowserve becomes one of the first companies to harness the complete system of virtual physical prototypes, which it expects to improve product quality and performance, enhanced development productivity, optimised maintenance and reduced overall costs.

An enterprise license agreement will provide it with broad access to the Ansys portfolio and its technology specialists, to combine simulation technology with Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities.

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Ultimaker helps bring 3D design to US education with new program

Published 16 August 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, education, ultimaker

Teachers will be able to gain help and support from others in their position via the Ultimaker Pioneer Program

With the official launch of its Pioneer Program, Ultimaker is aiming to connect educators throughout North America who are passionate about bringing 3D printing and design into K – 12 and higher education.

The Ultimaker Pioneer Program allows educators to share their 3D printing knowledge sharing useful content on the new Ultimaker Education website, while maintaining ownership of their own content through Creative Commons Attribution, Share-Alike, and Non-Commercial licensing.

By visiting the Ultimaker Education website, other educators throughout North America will have access to resources and knowledge that may not be available locally.

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PTC Releases Vuforia v6 for Augmented Reality

Published 16 August 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: ptc, manufacture, augmented reality, ar, vuforia

Vuforia allows designers to place ‘VuMarks’ onto products, which can be customised to a familiar brand graphic, but when used with an AR-enabled device, bring up an experience, such as repair instructions

The latest release of PTC’s Augmented Reality (AR) platform, Vuforia, is now available, addressing the growing demands for AR in enterprise with added support for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows 10 tablets.

Vuforia 6 introduces the VuMark, a customisable visual code that enables AR experiences to be attached to any product or object, with support for leading phones, tablets, and eyewear, allowing for a visual indicator to alert that an AR experience is available, such as step-by-step instructions for assembly, use, repair, or inspection.

The VuMark Designer enables Adobe Illustrator users to create VuMarks from existing graphics and brand assets such as logos, letting them create visually appealing tags, while capable of encoding any type of data, such as a serial number or URL.

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Sorting though diamonds, 8 per second

Published 11 August 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, engineering, manufacturing, stratasys, fortus

The traditional methods look nice in marketing material, but in reality it’s a machine doing the sorting

While De Beers is the world leader in diamond exploration, mining, processing and retailing, supporting these activities is its R&D centre in Maidenhead, known as De Beers Technologies UK.

Here, the company’s engineers create automated methods for verifying and sorting diamonds, as well as machines that ensure all synthetics and treatments can be detected.

Some of the machines are required to operate at speeds of up to 8 diamonds per second to produce assortments according to size, shape, colour and clarity - posing some difficult challenges for its design team.

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Expedition Z competition challenges designers to redefine life on the International Space Station

Published 10 August 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: design, hp, competition, nasa

NASA Tech Briefs and HP are challenging engineers, designers, architects and high education students from France, Germany and the UK to redefine the life of astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

On September 3rd and 4th 2016 three teams in London, Paris and Hamburg will compete in the Expedition Z competition to design a device, product or hardware that will help astronauts eat, sleep, work or play.

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AMD developing free physically-based rendering plug-in for SolidWorks

Published 28 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, rendering, amd, rhino, cad, gpu

Radeon ProRender should soon be accessible directly inside the SolidWorks viewport


SolidWorks is the latest 3D application to be targeted by AMD with its physically-based rendering engine. The company revealed this week that Radeon ProRender (formerly previewed as AMD FireRender) will be available as a free plug-in for the popular 3D CAD tool.

Radeon ProRender should be accessible directly inside the SolidWorks viewport and supports AMD GPUs, CPUs and APUs as well as those of other vendors, including Intel and Nvidia.

SolidWorks Professional customers already have access to a mature physically-based rendering tool that can be accelerated by GPUs. However, SolidWorks Visualise only works with Nvidia GPUs (and not AMD GPUs) and is a separate application.

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Nvidia unveils first ‘Pascal’ Quadro GPUs

Published 28 July 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rendering, nvidia, gpu, workstation

The new Nvidia Quadro P6000

Nvidia has launched two new high-end GPUs based on its new generation Pascal architecture.

The Quadro P5000 and Quadro P6000 are designed predominantly for Virtual Reality, design visualisation and GPU compute (including the physically-based renderer, Nvidia Iray), although the Quadro P5000 could also benefit users of very high-end CAD.

The new Pascal architecture has two interesting features relating to VR and GPU compute.

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